If it weren’t for the pandemic, we would be lining up at the cinema to watch Cruella, the latest reimagining of the story behind the villainess of 101 Dalmatians fame.
The highly anticipated live-action film can be seen on Disney+Premier this May 28, and it stars the Oscar-award-winning actress, Emma Stone. (Watch: Emma Stone Stars as Cruella de Vil in New Disney Movie)
Here are five things about Cruella that we can’t wait to see:
#1: Cruella’s Origin Story
What’s the deal with her black-and-white style aesthetic? And what’s her motivation for wanting to skin puppies for their fur? The film, set in London’s circa ‘70s punk scene, introduces us to Estella de Vil, daughter of a poor laundrywoman who grows up to be an aspiring fashion designer.
Early buzz on the movie from critics is positive, calling it “Joker meets Devil Wears Prada” and “spectacular fun.” (Read: Critics Rank the Actors Who Played Jose Rizal on Screen)
#2: Emma Stone as the Iconic Disney Villain
Stone was eyed for the role as early as 2016. “The character is so much fun and so intoxicating,” she said in an interview. “Once you put this wild black-and-white hair and this incredible makeup and these completely unique costumes on, you feel like Cruella de Vil.” (See her transformation here.)
She’s also aware of comparisons made with another complex on-screen villain. “It’s very different from Joker in many ways,” she said in another interview. “I would never even remotely compare myself to Joaquin Phoenix. I wish was more like him.”
#3: Cruella Stars Another Oscar-Award-Winning Emma
Emma Thompson, that is! She plays Baroness von Hellman, famed couturier, founder of her eponymous fashion house, and Estella’s boss-turned-rival. (Read: Twitter Users Approve of Gina Pareño as a Disney ‘Lola’)
#4: The Fashion Extravaganza
What’s a movie about a talented fashion designer without her coveted creations? Jenny Beavan, the costume designer behind movies like A Room with a View and Mad Max: Fury Road sought inspiration from vintage shops in LA, New York, and London, as well as the rebellious DIY punk sensibilities of the ‘70s.
Outfits to watch for include a red halter gown, fitted military jacket over a full skirt and Doc Martens, moto jacket worn with sequined skinny pants, and the piece de resistance, a fitted-at-the-waist-flared-at-the-hips jacket with Dalmatian spots.
#5: The Movie’s Amazing Soundtrack
The soundtrack includes Blondie’s “One Way or Another,” The Clash’s “Should I Stay or Should I Go,” Queen’s “Stone Cold Crazy,” and Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good,” among others. Florence and the Machine sing the original title track, “Call Me Cruella.”